Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
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Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
Broward College Gubernatorial Debate
Florida politics has once again been thrust into the national spotlight with one term: “#fangate”. The day after the gubernatorial debate at Broward College, “#fangate” was front page news and the butt of jokes by late night talk show hosts and on social media. Did this incident deter potential voters or will this newly added interest in the gubernatorial race bring them to the polls?
Victoria Brower, Broward College
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Justin Sayfie, SayfieReview.com
Re-Authorization of Children’s Services Council
A re-authorization for each Children's Services Council in the state is required by law to ensure an electoral oversight on how tax payers' dollars are used and to justify themselves to voters. On the November 4th ballot, Broward County voters will be asked if their Children's Services Council should remain in existence.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Children’s Services Council of Broward
Friday, October 10 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 12 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade Courthouse Referendum
On the November 4th ballot, Miami-Dade County voters will be asked to approve a $393 million bond referendum, allowing the construction of a new courthouse. The current courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historical Places, has been in disrepair for decades, with mold, termites and flooding listed as just a few of the many problems. But will voters agree to this new construction if it means raising property taxes?
Chief Judge Bertila Soto, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
King Tide: FIU Students Study Sea Level Rise
Researchers believe tidal flooding in Miami and Key West will increase dramatically over the next fifteen years. This week’s annual “King Tide” was seen by many as a preview of this flooding. Taking advantage of this unusually high rise in sea level, students from Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus were on hand to measure and study the flooding in the hopes the data collected will help coastal cities in the future.
Juliet Pinto, Ph.D., FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Renè Price, Ph.D., FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society
Friday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 5 @ 12:00 PM
Restructuring County Government
Last month, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved the budget, which will take effect this week, increasing the county's tax rate less than one percent over this year, avoiding both police layoffs and a 25-cent increase to public transit fares. Though some commissioners praised Mayor Carlos Gimenez for this final budget, Commissioner Xavier Suarez says there is still much more that can be done to streamline county government.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
Healthcare and Immigration
As of this month, health insurance has been terminated for 115,000 people who, the government claims, failed to prove they were U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Florida leads the nation in those losing coverage because of immigration and citizenship issues, with over 35 thousand affected. Our guests discuss their options and the government’s moral obligation.
Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Juanita Mainster, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Watch the latest installment of Issues' new investigative series, Issues Reports - Smuggling: Baseball's Open Secret, Friday, September 19th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 21st, at a special time, 11:00 AM on WPBT2
Friday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 14 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade County: Police Body Cameras & Budget
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has called for all county police to wear body cameras; making this camera plan a centerpiece of his public agenda. With the support of the local NAACP and push-back from the police union, commissioners still need to approve the purchase of the devices in the coming months.
Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Video of former NFL player Ray Rice beating his then girlfriend – whom he later married - has brought the issue of domestic violence to the forefront of the American consciousness. We discuss why this incident sparked a national conversation on social media and why some victims find it hard to leave.
Ellen G. Cohn, Ph.D., Florida International University